These birds are a nice welcome to Spring! They are the second in our framed bird designs - also see cardinal & chickadee framed bird project plan.
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Framed Goldfinch & Blue Jay by Cindy Dawson.
- 1 – 3" wood Chickadee #RR4141
- 1 – 5" Oval Frame #RV3450F
- 5 - 5/8" Flower #RR9058
- 1 - 3" wood Cardinal #RR4145
- 1 - 3 1/2" Square Frame #RF350F
- Antique Gold #7009
- Canyon Orange #7238
- Deep Midnight Blue #7166
- Lamp Black #7067
- Lemon Yellow #7011
- Light French Blue #7185
- Mauve #7026
- Moon Yellow #7007
- Neutral Grey #7095
- Ocean Blue #7270
- Pansy Lavender #7154
- Primary Yellow #7201
- Slate Grey #7068
- Spicy Mustard #7284
- Titanium White #7001
- True Blue #7036
- Weathered Wood #DS902
- Multi-Purpose Sealer #DS917
- Transfer paper
- Eversand Sanding Pad #ES400
- Varnish of choice
- Small Twigs
- Mini Majestic #12/0 Angular Shader #RM214
- Soft Grip #20/0 Gold Taklon Short Liner #G595200
- Mini Majestic 1/8" Comb #RM243
- Soft Grip 1/4" Gold Taklon Angular #G16014
- Sand and seal wood pieces.
- Basecoat frames with Neutral Grey.
- Apply Weathered Wood and let dry.
- Paint over entire surface with appropriate colour choice: (for the goldfinch use Canyon Orange, for the blue jay use Pansy Lavender).
- Once dry, sand lightly for a rustic look.
- Varnish frames and let dry.
- Transfer all pattern lines.
- Basecoat with Spicy Mustard.
- Basecoat the beak with Mauve and paint a small line of separation with thinned Neutral Grey. Highlight above and below this line with thinned Titanium White.
- Apply feathers using thinned paint and the Comb brush in the following order: Antique Gold over the belly, under the beak and around the neck; Primary Yellow in the eye and cheek area, above the wing area, on the back and the centre of the belly; Moon Yellow in the same manner to brighten the cheek, back and belly; Lemon Yellow to add bright highlights in areas that might need a bit more colour.
- Basecoat the eye with Lamp Black.
- Use the liner and thinned Titanium White to apply a small circle around the eye and a tiny highlight dot in the upper right corner. Use thinned Neutral Grey and add dots on the white ring under the eye.
- Using the Angle Shader, basecoat the cap, wing and tail with Lamp Black.
- Use the Comb brush and thinned Lamp Black to "feather" the cap. With this same brush thin a bit of Neutral Grey and add a few highlight feathers to the forehead.
- Using the Angle Shader paint feather tips on the wing with Titanium White. Also add rough strokes under the tail.
- Using the liner and thinned Neutral Grey, paint lines to separate the individual feathers on the wing and tail.
- Add shading under the wing, beak and neck area with the thinned Neutral Grey and the Angle Shader.
- Varnish when dry.
- Basecoat with Light French Blue.
- Use the Liner brush to paint the eye, beak and black feathers around the head Black.
- With Neutral Grey, shade halfway down the beak and along the top. Line the beak separation with Black.
- Using the Comb brush and thinned Slate Grey paint the light parts of the head, neck and belly.
- Using the same brush and thinned Titanium White apply "feathery" strokes over the lightest parts of the head, neck and belly.
- Make the same "feathery" strokes on the crest, back of the neck, shoulder, back and lightly over the wing & tail first with True Blue and then with Ocean Blue.
- Using the Angle brush and Deep Midnight Blue create small lines of wings along the upper wing.
- Lightly shade under the entire wing and tail with thinned Neutral Grey.
- Using the Angle brush paint the feathers of the wing and tail with Ocean Blue. Mix Ocean Blue with Titanium White and repeat.
- Lightly tap Titanium White onto the wing feathers using the liner where indicated.
- Stroke the longer feathers on the edge of the wing with Ocean Blue.
- If you've lost some of the eye, beak or neck, go back and refine this area. Add a tiny white highlight dot in the upper left of the eye. Outline the eye with Light French Blue.
- Varnish when dry.
Assembly Instructions for both ornaments:
- Insert twig through the frame. Use careful applications of glue to attach the bird to either the frame or the twig. Glue the flowers onto the frame.
- Hang from twine, wire, chain or ribbon of your choice.